Quartet #8

Örjan Andersson

"Quartet #8" also called "Röd", (Red) was premiered in September 2001 with the Netherlands Dance Theatre 1. The press on Andersson's work: “indisputably a great talent” (the Telegraaf).

  • World premiere by: Nederlands Dance Theater, Den Haag (Holland), September 2001
  • Premiere by CND: at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain), October 16th 2003

Örjan has since then been reshaping the work in different versions with from 4 upto the original 14 dancers and with different dance companies such as the Skånes Danstheatre in Sweden, and his own company Andersson Dance Company.

Quartet #8 is choreographed in close relationship with Dmitri Shostakovich¹s Chamber Symphony in C-Minor, Op. 110 (arranged by Barschai from the String Quartet #8). Another influence is a painting “Red on Marron” by the American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Andersson has continued to work with Shostakovich with the choreography Quartet #10, which premièred in March 2003 at the NDT1.


  • Choreography:
    Örjan Andersson
  • Music:
    Dmitry Shostakovich
  • Set and Lighting Design :
    Jens Sethzman
  • Costume Design:
    Joke Visser
  • Set made by:
  • Costumes made by:
    CND wardrobe
  • Length:
    26 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Andrea Méndez, Marina Jiménez, Yolanda Martín, Christelle Horna, Ana María López, Nadja Sellrup, Fabrice Edelmann, Dimo Kirilov, José Carlos Blanco, Jens Rosen, Amaury Lebrun, Rafael Rivero